Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Strathmore Presents Capsule Concert Series

The Mansion at Strathmore

From our friends at the Strathmore...

Capsule Concert Series Brings Composers in-House for Premieres

New works, instruments, inspiration from contemporary composers Aaron Grad, Gerald Cohen, Jeremy Gill, Justin Boyer, Gabriel Kahane, Louis Andriessen

Beginning Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 3 p.m. with a performance by Inscape featuring the world premiere of Justin Boyer’s Lament, Strathmore’s Music in the Mansion embarks on a capsule concert series in which composers will be in-house during the performances of their world and Washington premiere works. Strathmore facilitates a richer concert-going experience by bringing the composers in-house to witness the performance of their work and to meet with audience members. The six-concert series continues through Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by Aaron Grad, debuting his latest work Old-Fashioned Love Songs, commissioned in part by Strathmore, and a brand new instrument of his invention—the electric theorbo.

Other world and Washington premieres in the series from composers Jeremy Gill, Gabriel Kahane and Louis Andriessen will bring new sounds to Mansion audiences.

A presenting member of the citywide celebration Andriessen 75, convened by the curator Armando Bayolo and celebrating minimalist Dutch composer Louis Andriessen, Strathmore showcases soprano and Andriessen muse Cristina Zavalloni with her accompanist Andrea Rebaudengo and violinist Monica Germino.

A two-day celebration of Jeremy Gill includes the composer performing Whistling in the Dark, a world premiere piece with violist Peter Minkler, as well as a performance by the Parker Quartet, featuring the Washington premiere of the new Gill composition, Capriccio.

Gabriel Kahane joins confidante Rob Moose, member of multiple Grammy-winning band Bon Iver, for an intimate evening of Gabriel’s songs and arrangements.

Music in the Mansion concerts are sponsored by Asbury Methodist Village. Additional support is provided by the Randy Hostetler Living Room Music Fund.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit

Events in Strathmore’s Music in the Mansion Capsule Series

Sunday, February 9, 2014
3 p.m.
Tickets $25

Samuel Barber: Dover Beach
Mason Bates: Life of Bird
Justin Boyer: Lament
Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B Minor

This quartet, made up of the principal members of the D.C.-based Inscape Chamber Orchestra, has been praised by critics and audiences for its insightful programs and exciting performances of both new and old works. Their Strathmore concert includes Brahms and Barber, juxtaposed with a world premiere of Justin Boyer’s string quartet with clarinetist Evan Solomon and baritone James Rogers, as well as a piece by Richmond, VA-born electronic and symphonic composer Mason Bates.

Sunday, March 30, 2014
3 p.m.
Tickets $25

Jeremy Gill: Book of Hours
Gill: Dos sonetos de amor
Gill: Whistling in the Dark
Arthur Honegger: Sonata for Viola and Piano
George Rochberg: Sonata for Viola and Piano

Part of a two-day celebration of American composer Jeremy Gill, this performance includes the composer in concert with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra violist Peter Minkler and features a world premiere of Whistling in the Dark. The program also features Gill’s acclaimed solo piano work Book of Hours along with music by Arthur Honegger and George Rochberg.

Monday, March 31, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Tickets $28

Hailed by The New York Times as “something extraordinary,” the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation.  This evening of superb music-making by an “extraordinarily gifted group” (Denver Post) includes the Washington premiere of American composer Jeremy Gill’s Capriccio.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Tickets $25

Louis Andriessen: Base (1994) per pianoforte solo
Igor Stravinsky: The owl and the pussycat (1966) per voce e pianoforte
Igor Stravinsky: Trois petites chansons (1906-1913) per voce e pianoforte
John Lennon and Paul McCartney; L. Andriessen: Beatles Songs
L. Andriessen: Xenia (2005) per violino solo
L. Andriessen: Fanfara Inclinata (2006) per voce e pianoforte
L. Andriessen: Le voile du bonheur (1971) per violino e pianoforte
L. Andriessen: Passeggiata in America e Ritorno (1998) per voce, violino e pianoforte
L. Andriessen: Letter from Cathy (2003) per voce, violino e pianoforte

Classically trained, Italian-born singer and composer Cristina Zavalloni swings from bel canto to jazz, with frequent forays into the avant-garde; her performances of works by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen have won strong reviews in Europe and New York. Discover a “superb” (The Guardian, UK) soprano in this Strathmore debut during the citywide celebration, Andriessen 75.
This concert is made possible through the support of the Randy Hostetler Living Room Music Fund.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Tickets $30

Gabriel Kahane made his solo debut last spring at Carnegie Hall in the premiere of his epic musical travelogue, Gabriel’s Guide to the 48 States, accompanied by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Commissioned by ensembles ranging from Kronos Quartet to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kahane has simultaneously asserted himself as a songwriter with his acclaimed sophomore release, Where are the Arms. Violinist and guitarist Rob Moose, a member of the multiple Grammy-winning band Bon Iver and co-founder of the new music outfit yMusic, joins his friend and cohort for an intimate evening of Gabriel’s songs in arrangements that are at once spare, intricate, and emotionally direct.
This concert is made possible through the support of the Randy Hostetler Living Room Music Fund.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Tickets $28

Strathmore audiences have experienced Aaron Grad’s innovations before; in 2011 he performed the premiere of his composition The Father Book to praise in The Washington Post. Now Grad returns with new music and an entirely new instrument that he invented—the electric theorbo—in his newest work, Old-Fashioned Love Songs, commissioned in part by Strathmore. He performs with countertenor Gus Mercante.